Over the weekend, tropical storm Harvey touched down in Texas and proceeded to wreak havoc across the state. While Austin received heavy winds, rain and sporadic loss of electricity, cities along the coast like Galveston and Corpus Christi were pummeled—and Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, has experienced unprecedented flooding that has left thousands stranded. Here's how you can help:
1. Donate to the American Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a minimum donation of $10.
2. Freebirds World Burrito is collecting canned goods and bottled water for storm victims until September 3.
3. The Texas Diaper Bank is collecting diapers and monetary donations for displaced families; you can make a donation here.
4. Austin Pets Alive is transporting pets out of affected areas, but they could use your help. Donate money, foster an animal or drop off some of their much-needed supplies, like cat beds, leashes, metal dog bowls and more. Find a complete list of requests here.
5. Americares has deployed emergency rescue teams, but they need monetary donations, too. You can donate here to help them provide medical assistance and basic supplies.
6. Donate to the Houston Food Bank—they're going to be a vital organization in feeding those whose homes have been destroyed during the flood.
8. It's all hands on deck for the Austin Disaster Relief Network, who will be shipping disaster supplies to the affected areas, as well as providing immediate support. You can drop off toiletries, blankets, bed pillows, mops, buckets and other items at the Hope Family Thrift Store on 51st Street (please do not donate clothes, as they have enough from previous donations). You can also send in a monetary donation.
9. Volunteer your time or money to All Hands Volunteers, which has already deployed a response team to Texas.
10. Know someone who needs temporary housing? Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster. Spread the word.
Let us know about any other organizations or businesses that are helping Hurricane Harvey victims, and we'll add them to the list.
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